Title 28
Labor and Labor Relations

Chapter 36
Workers’ Compensation — Insurance

R.I. Gen. Laws § 28-36-12

§ 28-36-12. Notice of issuance, cancellation, or failure to renew policies.

(a) Every insurance company having written a policy insuring against liability for personal injuries to employees shall notify the director of the issuance of the policy within five (5) days of the effective date of this policy in a manner determined by the director. Upon the cancellation of the policy or failure to renew it, every insurance company having written the policy shall immediately notify the director of the cancellation or failure to renew. The director shall have discretion to assess an administrative penalty of not more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) per offense against any insurance company that fails to notify the director as required in this section. The director, in his or her discretion, may bring a civil action to collect all assessed civil penalties. The workers’ compensation court shall have jurisdiction to enforce compliance with any order of the director made pursuant to this section. Additionally, any insurance company that willfully fails to notify the director as required in this section shall be subject to prosecution for a misdemeanor and upon conviction may be punished by a fine of not more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) for each offense. All criminal actions for any violation of this section shall be prosecuted by the attorney general at the request of the director.

(b) Cancellation of the policy or nonrenewal shall not be deemed effective until written notice of the cancellation or nonrenewal is received by the director.

(c) All penalties and fines collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the general fund.

(d) Except for workers’ compensation insurance coverage verification, all information required to be provided to the director under this chapter shall be considered confidential under § 38-2-2(4)(B).

History of Section.
P.L. 1912, ch. 831, art. 5, § 10; P.L. 1921, ch. 2095, § 10; G.L. 1923, ch. 92, art. 5, § 10; G.L. 1938, ch. 300, art. 5, § 10; P.L. 1954, ch. 3297, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 28-36-12; P.L. 1985, ch. 365, § 9; P.L. 1992, ch. 74, § 1; P.L. 1999, ch. 216, § 7; P.L. 1999, ch. 384, § 7; P.L. 2000, ch. 491, § 6; P.L. 2001, ch. 256, § 7; P.L. 2001, ch. 355, § 7; P.L. 2008, ch. 377, § 3; P.L. 2010, ch. 95, § 3; P.L. 2010, ch. 121, § 3; P.L. 2010, ch. 149, § 1; P.L. 2010, ch. 161, § 1.